If you grew up with a decent set of parents, chances are that they instilled some healthy habits in you. One of the first things that we learn to do when we are young is how to brush our teeth on our own. Brushing my teeth was one of those super important things that my parents were always on top of me for. Besides that fact, brushing your teeth is part of having good hygiene, and it can actually improve the quality of your health! For example, people who don't brush their teeth are more prone to getting cavities, developing a lot of plaque buildup on their teeth as well as around their gums, which can lead to all sorts of dental and periodontal nightmares such as gingivitis ( a gum disease) as well as rotting teeth, bad breath, etc. In some sever cases, gingivitis and/or other periodontal and dental problems can and will usually lead to infections in your mouth, which if they get into your gums can get into your blood stream and make you very sick. So, it is in your best interest to make sure you brush. It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, and that you floss at least once a day and rinse with mouthwash at least once a day (usually at night).
We have all known since our early days as elementary kids that brushing and flossing daily is vital to good dental health to keep your teeth and gums in tip top shape. But did you know that brushing on a regular basis can also give your over all health a boost by acting as a defense to help you fight off chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and other major ailments.
When plague builds up on your teeth, it acts like a super magnet for different types of bacteria. This link was discovered when a study around individuals who had previously had a heart episode revealed that the same type of bacterial DNA in plaque was found in the arteries of these heart patients. Which makes a lot of sense if you think about it. Everything that we eat, drink, and breath that enters the body through the mouth is passing through this giant canopy of bacteria when your teeth are covered with plaque. So it is easy to see how that bacteria then enters into our system and then into the blood stream. So the more plaque that we allow to build up on our teeth, the more bacteria that we are sending to pollute our bodies. And the presence of this bacteria can also cause damage to the blood vessels and lead to blood clots.
So the next time you think that you are in too much of a hurry and do not have time to brush, you may want to reconsider. Just taking three minutes after meals to brush and regular flossing can help to not only brighten that smile and keep it healthy but can help you to keep the bacteria out of your body making for a healthier, and happier you.
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